I love to write postcards. I write tons of postcards wherever I travel. I annoy my friends and family with postcards, and even send one to Mr. Panda although we travel together and I know he will not even read it. Now, thanks to a clever marketing agency I can even send postcards from the future – at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong!
Victoria peak is one of the most famous sightseeing places in Hong Kong. And since summer 2012, 365 new mailboxes can be found at the basement level of The Peak mall – one for every day of the year. But what to do with so many mailboxes in one space? Of course they are to be used to send a postcard from the future. All postboxes are labeled with one day of the year. You simply have to deposit your postcard to the mailbox on which day you want your card to be sent.
So how does it work to send postcard from the future? They provide you a board with detailed information in English and Cantonese as well as a map with even more detailed information.
- You can only send postcards with a maximum size of 180x140mm and less than 30g. You can either buy different tourist postcards at one of the nearby souvenir shops or bring them with you.
- Write your message, name and mailing address of the receiver as well as “BY AIRMAIL” on the card. If you bring cards you can already prepare them at home.
- Check the correct amount of postage as well as the delivery days on the provided list.
- Affix sufficient stamps on your postcards. You can either buy stamps at the post office at the Peak (check the opening hours) or bring them with you. Be careful, the amount depends on the country, and there are not 2 but 3 different Zones since February 2016!
- Post your cards to the correct mailboxes. For example, if you want your card to arrive on May 15th (Mother’s Day in Austria), and it approximately takes 5 days to Austria, post your card at least on May 10th.
By the way, if you purchase something at the peak for 100 HK$ or more at one of the shops, you will receive a few “The Peak I Love You” limited edition postcards at The Peak service counter where they sell tickets for the observation deck. Just show your receipt to one of the employees. I showed them two receipts at different times, and first got 6, then 4 The Peak postcards.
This time I have/will send postcards to my parents, one for my mom for Mother’s Day in May, and one to my father for Father’s Day in June. I am really looking forward to their surprised faces when they will receive a card from Hong Kong when I am obviously back home.
Do you like to send postcards? Will you send one from the future next time you visit The Peak?